Women in IT

Our DigitalSHeroes

Women are still under-represented in the IT industry. With our Digital SHeroes campaign, we are committed to inspiring more women to pursue careers in IT. Do you want to write your own success story at valantic? Explore our careers page and find your superpower in IT.

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Join the #DigitalSHeroes on their inspiring journey

Each month, we will introduce you to a new Digital SHero from the #valanticworld on this page. Get inspired by our podcast episodes and browse through exciting blog posts. Our colleagues will share their perspectives and give us authentic insight into everyday life as a woman in the tech industry. Each of their journeys is different, and they demonstrate that IT is an exciting place for everyone. We want to work together to break down barriers, remove hurdles, and illuminate the challenges that need to be confronted.

Digital SHero Yingtao: My journey into IT

I am originally from China and have been living in Munich for some time now. I have always been fascinated by IT and have been interested in computers and technical subjects since I was a child. As I was always good at math at school, I decided to study mathematics at the Technical University of Munich. However, I quickly realized that I missed the practical application and changed my degree course to technology-oriented business administration. I chose computer science as a minor subject and was able to get to know some exciting topics such as algorithms, data structures and optimization. This is how I entered the exciting world of process mining. Today I work as a Managing Consultant at valantic in Munich. I lead the Process Intelligence team there.
Yingtao Gu, valantic

My superpower is my friendliness

In IT - a field that is often characterized by seriousness and facts - my friendliness is my superpower. I have found that a smile and a positive attitude can lighten the atmosphere and have a calming effect in stressful times. I try to lighten up situations with my authentic and cheerful manner, which can be an advantage in addition to my professional expertise. I often act as a mediator between technology and business. As a manager, it is also important to me to be empathetic and support my team. I make an effort to listen and to recognize and promote the strengths of my team.
Yingtao Gu, valantic

"Don't think too much, just get started"

There are hurdles and challenges to overcome everywhere. For example, my emigration to Germany was often difficult. In the end, I always overcame the obstacles and mastered the challenges. That made me stronger. That's why I can only recommend sticking with it and not letting it get you down. I have also never been put off by gender stereotypes. Women play an important role in IT and I encourage everyone not to be deterred from entering the industry. Because IT consulting offers an extremely wide range of opportunities. My message: Have courage and keep at it! There are hurdles everywhere, but they make us stronger. So just go for it and jump in at the deep end.
Yingtao Gu, valantic
Yingtao Gu, valantic

Digital SHero Vanessa Belstler: My journey into the IT world

My path to IT was certainly not the usual one. Previously, I wanted to become an archaeologist or journalist. I then decided to study German. During my studies, I started working in the digital editorial office of a newspaper. That's where I first came into contact with the digital industry. After completing my studies, I worked for KPMG in Switzerland, where I was migrating websites. I learned a lot and worked on many different topics there. Meanwhile, I am more on the business side, but I always wanted to understand how the underlying technology works. Since February 2023 I’m on board with valantic and work as a Business Area Manager in the area of Digital Experience Platforms. Together with my team, I work on e-commerce shops in the B2B and B2C sectors.
Vanessa Belstler, valantic

My superpower is organization!

Working in the IT industry is undoubtedly challenging for me. But it's a challenge I enjoy. I appreciate the diversity and continuous learning opportunities that my profession offers. I also derive a lot of my motivation from interaction with my colleagues. They help me create a pitch in a very short time - that really causes you to bond. I also love the variety in my job – no day is like another and that always keeps the work exciting. My superpower is my organizational talent. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 8. This means there are always new challenges that need to be mastered. This only works with good organization. As I travel a lot in my role, I coordinate my appointments with my family every month. I'm also lucky enough to have the support of my grandparents and can call on a network of babysitters at short notice.
Vanessa Belstler, valantic

My slogan as a digital heroine: "Just do it."

Don't think about whether you can survive in this world, just do it, be there with passion, and do your best. I would advise other women: Just take that step and don't worry too much in advance: Am I qualified enough? Do I need technical expertise? Do I need to be able to write code? I see myself as a classic example. From the outside, it can seem scary at first, but it's worth taking that step into the IT industry. This industry offers so many opportunities and each person can find their place to bring in their individual strengths. What I don't know today, I can learn tomorrow, and soon it feels like I've always been here.
Vanessa Belstler, valantic
Vanessa Belstler, valantic
Sabrina Albrecht, Chief People Officer at valantic

Sabrina Albrecht
Chief People Officer, valantic

”Diversity is a critical success factor today. The proportion of women at valantic is already 25% higher than the industry average. However, increasing this percentage is very important to me personally and we have already taken some steps in this direction, such as founding our valantic internal women's network. But other aspects of diversity are also dear to my heart, and we want to encourage these.“

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valantic SHero: Marlene Paetzold

I gained my first experience in IT project management without any IT background at all, after completing my studies in business administration. That was in my previous job and even then, it was clear to me: I would like to continue doing this! As a lead consultant at INTARGIA Managementberatung, I support strategic IT projects with a focus on software implementation and business software selection. My empathetic and open manner helps me bring people together. In project management, I hold the reins so that everyone involved always keeps an eye on the overall project goal. In addition, I break complex IT issues down to the essentials in projects so that management can make decisions at a glance.

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My valantic superpower: My strategic view of the big picture

Internally, I have set up various formats, such as vocabulary training and expert sessions, to help my new colleagues get started, especially if they have no IT background. The valantic Academy also offers training, so that everyone can make their way into the IT world quickly. My special success this year was becoming a mentor for an intern – for me, this was the first step toward team management. In my private life, I find my balance especially in sports, be it football or track and field. In addition, I have recently become involved in a worldwide youth organization. I participate in their social and environmental aid projects in the region.

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valantic SHero: Denise Rönnert

Here at valantic, I’m an SAP consultant for CRM systems; that is, everything regarding sales and service. In this capacity, I’m involved in various customer projects. Actually, I didn’t start out in the IT world. I made my way into the consulting world through a student job and my master’s thesis at an IT company. Then I was looking for a company that would give me more freedom and flexibility, one where I could really develop. That’s how I came to valantic. And the flexibility is real; for example, I work four days a week. I have Fridays for my private projects and as time for myself.

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My valantic superpower: Making users happy

In projects, I can empathize well with users and help them to develop new systems and processes. To do this, I have to formulate complex problems simply and find solutions quickly. My job constantly confronts me with new challenges, and I learn a lot about them automatically. I like that. A particular success was when a customer’s skeptical project manager told me after 1.5 years that I had pursued a very successful path from junior consultant to expert in the project. That was a high compliment for me. As compensation for working on a laptop so much, I like to move when I get the chance – whether by hiking in the Alps or working with a cordless screwdriver in the workshop.

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valantic SHero: Sandra Sertl

I used to work in controlling and I was very bored there. My husband encouraged me to try something new. That’s why I changed sides, from user to consultant. I feel very at home here. I now lead a 5-person team as SAP Analytics Manager. The vision that you can change and achieve something convinced me to take a job at valantic. And it really IS that way, that’s the great thing. We are always working to improve, remake, and make things more exciting. For me, success is the small steps when something really moves.

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My valantic superpower: Bringing teams together

It’s particularly important to me that the various valantic competence centers work together and grow even closer together. Here I participate in the communication. Personally, I take advantage of our flexible working hours every day to exercise. So, I am often not available for two hours at midday: for me, this is the best way to stay healthy and to work out. I like the versatility of my job the most. And this motivates me to discuss exciting questions with customers. Then IT becomes completely human. I wouldn’t have suspected that before I started in consulting.

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valantic SHero: Stefanie Junga

I stumbled into the world of consulting through a student organization because I originally studied French cultural studies and intercultural communication with minors in business administration and English. Now, I have been working at valantic in the finance sector for more than 10 years. My specialty is project management. My greatest professional highlight was when, as IT project manager, I ran two strategic finance projects in parallel for a large customer. Another success was the textbook I co-wrote. We actually just made a book out of a new legal requirement. Currently, I am working 20 hours a week and continue to have Mondays as my day off.

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My valantic superpower: Creating harmony on the project team

As a project manager, I hold many different topics and requirements together. In addition to structure and quality, the team is particularly important to me. I bring people together, because establishing a good interpersonal basis in a project is crucial. This also led to me being the first project manager at a customer’s site to be invited to work with the development team. I have my private moments of success when sewing and with my son. Oh, and consulting doesn’t necessarily equal narrow-minded – I’ve gone directly from a project to a festival!

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valantic SHero: Ines Schilling

I am an SAP HCM Consultant at valantic, specializing in payroll accounting and administration. After two years in management consulting, I took a big step into IT consulting. But I dared to face new challenges. Looking back, I notice how well and quickly you can learn this and become familiar with technical topics. I especially enjoy working with people, both on the team and with the customer. You notice how you can work to reach the goal together with different skills.

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My valantic superpower: Addressing new topics in a positive manner

My openness, how I approach people, and the dynamism of addressing new issues are my strengths. So, I want to get even more talented people excited about HCM Consulting and advance our junior recruiting. My great success is the way I combine my job and my private life so well. Sports, friends, and family are the perfect balance for me. It’s very important not to forget all this. And this works very well!

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valantic SHero: Marcela Falahati

At valantic, I am the leader of the SAP SuccessFactors team in human resources cloud technology. In my previous job as a human resources developer, I came into contact with the implementation of HR software for the first time. I think that was a good combination for getting a taste of the IT world. Without the internal introduction, I might never have imagined switching to specialist and IT consulting. At valantic, I am not only allowed to do my dream job; at the same time, I can develop in new areas. It’s noteworthy that many women on our team choose IT consulting. Our team is 70% women, and that’s the real success!

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My valantic superpower: Translator for digital topics

At valantic, as division director, I have the opportunity to blaze new paths and try out different concepts & ideas. I am very grateful for the company’s full confidence and support. In projects, I am an incredibly good translator: I can explain very complicated technical relationships quite simply. This makes even supposedly complex software topics easy to understand. Our customers appreciate it when we as consultants have an overview and can provide clear explanations. I especially enjoy being the bridge between IT and HR. In private, I am an absolute animal lover: In addition to my 2 cats, my sled dog and I keep each other on our toes. I enjoy my time in nature during my lunch break.

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Yingtao Gu, valantic Digitalheldin

#valanticworld February 22, 2024

Digital SHero Yingtao – success in IT consulting thanks to charm and data

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#valanticworld February 15, 2024

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Patrick and Sabrina, valantic

#valanticworld February 13, 2024

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Guido Czampiel und Sabrina Albrecht, valantic

#valanticworld February 6, 2024

Skill management: We’re investing in your future capabilities

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Portrait von Heike Springmann, valantic

#valanticworld February 1, 2024

The future of learning: The new valantic Learning Hub as a central, interactive learning platform

Discover how valantic is designing the future of learning with its new Learning Hub. In conversation with Heike Springmann, Co-Head of valantic Learning, you can learn more about innovative learning concepts and how to adjust to the changing working world. Dive into the world of learning at valantic!

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Vanessa Belstler, valantic

#valanticworld January 30, 2024

Digital Heroine Vanessa: Between IT-leadership and family

As part of our digital heroines campaign, we present Vanessa Belstler. Vanessa is a great role model when it comes to changing careers into IT. Together, we want to work to inspire more women to enter the tech industry. In this blog post, Vanessa tells us about her exciting journey from studying German to becoming an e-commerce Business Area Manager.

Digital Heroine Vanessa: Between IT-leadership and family
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